Dewhurst (LSE:DWHA) has a lot of assets, and no debt, backing its 8.08m shares. When viewing the key numbers below consider that the “A” shares (non-voting) are currently trading at £5.50 - £6.50. Market capitalisation is £66.7m with the 3.31m Ordinary shares at £11.60 and the 4.77m “A” shares at £5.94 (what I paid).
Balance sheet strength (March 2020)
Net asset value in total (excluding non-controlling interests) £40.4m
Net asset value per share: £5
Net tangible asset value in total (also excluding non-controlling interests): £29m
Net tangible asset value per share: £3.59.
Borrowing: zero, and no overdraft facility.
Pension deficit: £10.6m
Conclusion: this is a strong balance sheet, with no suggestion of potential financial distress.
Owner earnings analysis
With owner earnings we are trying to obtain the earnings that, in future, would be left for shareholders after the managers’ use of cash generated to pay for items of expenditure to maintain the strength of the economic franchise (e.g. additional capital items, additional working capital, marketing spend, R&D and staff training) and to maintain unit volume and to invest in all value-generating projects available.
Depending on circumstances, the owner earnings figure may be the same for every future year or on a steadily rising (or falling) trend.
Naturally, owner earnings are impossible to obtain with any degree of precision because many of the input numbers are merely educated guesses about the future. Despite this imprecision it remains an important method for thinking through valuations.
Owner earnings analysis is about future cash available for shareholders to take out of the business. But the only evidence we have available is past data. We start with that, and then use qualitative analysis to judge whether to simply project forward the past pattern or modify the previous trend for future orientated thinking.
In the following we use what the company actually invested in new working capital items and in new fixed capital items, and what they spent on marketing, R&D and staff training etc. already deducted from the P&L.
What the analysis really requires is the amount necessary to maintain the quality of the economic franchise, unit volume and invest in value generating projects. To start with we make the bold assumption that what was spent by the managers was also the necessary amount.
When we move to forward-looking analysis to value the firm we need to make another bold assumption on the real amount needed to invest in new WC, fixed capital items, etc., in the future. The historical analysis helps us make that judgment.
£m YEAR2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Profit after tax (excluding non-controlling interests)3.27 3.50 2.90 3.75 1.30
Add back non-cash items - depreciation, goodwill and amortisation0.58 0.70 1.31 0.88 2.50
Totals to: Amount available for distribution to shareholders before considering the need to spend on fixed capital items and working capital items to maintain the company’s economic franchise, unit volume and invest in value generating projects.3………………To read more subscribe to my premium newsletter Deep Value Shares – click here http://newsletters.advfn.com/deepvalueshares/subscribe-1
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